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Black History Trip to Amsterdam

Choose Amsterdam for a Black History study trip! Take in key sites & learn about Black history in the Netherlands as well as experiencing the vibrant culture of Amsterdam. Plan an itinerary today.

Take a trip through Amsterdam and Hollands colonial past with this study trip. Take a cruise through the cities famous canals and explore the hidden history of early Black presence in Amsterdam, and learn about the rich history of various cultures that have made Amsterdam the vibrant city it is today. Enjoy guided tours as you immerse yourself in the culture of Amsterdam both past and present as you visit this richly historic city. Get in touch to start planning a trip to Amsterdam for your students now!


Black History Trips to Amsterdam for all learners

Choosing Amsterdam for your desired location for a study trip will allow you and your students to experience black history, religious studies, music, art and design and STEM subjects in a brand new setting. Our range of trips to Amsterdam are perfect for all teachers and students and includes:

Your travel itinerary could look like...

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AM – Arrive

Arrive at Schiphol airport, or at the central train station depending on your method of transport in the morning. From there transfer to your accommodation where you can drop off your bags before heading back out for the afternoon.

PM – Guided Black Heritage tour of Amsterdam

You will learn about a recently revealed Black community that lived in Amsterdam as early as the 16th Century alongside the history of the wealthiest merchants who were Directors of the WIC (West India Company) or the VOC (United Dutch East India Company), shareholders or owners of plantations in the Dutch colonies.  The tour continues visiting historical landmarks that include the Maritime Museum where a replica of an 18th century VOC ‘cargo ship’ is docked, which is a similar type of ship outfitted to transport enslaved Africans.

AM – Visit the Tropenmuseum

Visit the Tropenmuseum and its new, permanent exhibition on the continued effects of the Dutch colonial past, and the resilience, creativity, and opposition of colonised countries and people. Because of its background, the Tropenmuseum is the ideal setting to focus on this part of our history, and to look how the past still affects us today. With hundreds of objects, photographs, paintings, and other visual works of art, the museum illustrates how colonialism still shapes the world around us and our thinking today. The exhibition also touches on the relationship between colonialism and inequality, exclusion and racism.

After visiting the museum, take a short walk into Oosterpark, a great spot for lunch, and take in the Slavery Memorial right in the heart of the part Three sculptures created by Surinamese sculptor Erwin de Vries in 2002 to depict the dark history of slavery in the Dutch colonies, the struggle of resistance, and the hope for a better future.

PM – Private multicultural food tour

Enjoy a private, guided Multicultural Food Tour through Amsterdam Oost: the neighbourhood is an amazing melting pot of cultures with 185 nationalities, your guide will show you the best places to sample food and drinks that come from all over the world. Examples of cuisines that you will experience are Surinamese, Indonesian, Turkish and Moroccan, amongst others. You will also learn about the rich history of Oost and the various cultures that settled in Amsterdam and make it the vibrant city it is today. The tour includes 3 local delicacies and lasts around 3hrs.

AM – Visit the Black Archives

Enjoy at hot or cold drink at the New Urban Café, part of The Black Archives which are home to more than 3,000 books on race, colonization, feminism, and the legacy of Black Dutch writers and scientists. The venue hosts several exhibitions, film screenings, and events, for those wishing to learn about the Black Dutch experience of the past and present, a trip to the Black Archives is a must.

PM – Departure

After your visit to the Black Archives, pick up your bags and make your way back to the airport or train station ready to travel back to the UK.

Key details

  • 3-day study trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • From £349
  • Possible highlights: Visit the Topenmuseum, guided Black Heritage tour, visit to the Black Archives

What’s included?

  • Return flights or Eurostar travel
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Black heritage tour
  • Multicultural food tour
  • Pre-departure teacher pack
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Free trip-leadership place options

Why not add…

  • Guided canal cruise

Why choose us

  • Fully accredited and financially protected
  • Knowledgeable and experienced staff
  • Regional Educational Development Execs to support all stages of the trip process
  • Customer portal and app for when you’re on the move
  • 24hr support

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